Joan Nodelman

Joan is a specialist in governance, education and risk management with over forty years of professional practice. She is committed to helping clients achieve their organizational objectives and goals through holistic risk management.

Slippery Words and Discussing Climate

A Good Example of Slippery Words and Talking about Climate

I was thinking about slippery words and discussing climate. Slippery words can steer us in many directions that affect the way we discuss climate.

Going on a Carbon Diet

Going on a Carbon Diet

Twitter Facebook-f Linkedin About the author … Going on a Carbon Diet Last week, I saw an ad on television for the umpteenth time. The ad made me realize that going on a carbon diet is similar to any other reduction activity. In fact, a nice-looking, slim woman held a big netted bag of fruit …

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Climate Resilience is a Choice

Climate Resilience is a Choice

Twitter Facebook-f Linkedin About the author … Climate Resilience is a Choice Lately, I have been thinking about how climate resilience is a choice. I often get pamphlets and flyers from banks and investment experts with wealth advice.  In fact, these offers pack both my snail mail and email. And, it’s good advice, like the kind …

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Climate Change Isn't a Hobby

Climate Change isn’t a Hobby

For me, climate change isn’t a hobby. On a recent blog post, I received comments like “My, you chat about climate change so often!”  I admit to being a squeaky wheel on the topic.  However, I got the impression that the comment suggested that I view climate change as a “Hobby”, a diversion, like playing with LEGO.  The …

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Words, Language and the Climate Debate

Words, Language and the Climate Debate

Words and language in the climate debate can lead to misunderstandings, communication gaps, and conflict. As a bilingual person, I am sensitive to the nuances of meanings words can convey, and how those colourations can affect the messages we are trying to convey. My family emigrated from Hong Kong when I was ten.  It was an …

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Silos in Climate Resilience

Silos in Climate Resilience

Often, I wonder about the cause of silos in climate resilience, and how those walls deter effective climate action. As an Asian woman, sometimes I am ignored in the workplace and social forums. I have difficulty accepting that sexism or racism are alive and well. So, often I fall into the trap of believing it’s my …

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Self Directed Learning and Climate

Self Directed Learning and Climate Resiliency

Recently, I was thinking about self directed learning and climate resiliency. It all started when I developed an achy wrist and hand. I took to my “old friend” Google to see what could be happening. Google told me that I had symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, an inflammation of my wrist. Thus, I was probably …

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Sunny Side of Climate Optimism

The Sunny Side of Climate Optimism

The 1930s song, The Sunny Side of the Street, made famous by jazz singer Louis Armstrong has a special meaning for me, as it is a perfect description of the sunny side of climate optimism. I am an optimist. Consequently, I seek the positive in every situation. The song resonates for me, as it maintains …

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climate, catastrophe and blame

Climate, Catastrophe and Blame

The Collision Collisions are like curling. In curling, we hurl stones at each other and the impact results in planned and unplanned consequences that can be catastrophic to your game strategy. In our work, we often confront the same mix of climate, catastrophe and blame Eighteen months ago, my son drove into an intersection just …

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Mahjong-Climate-and-Mental Health

Mahjong, Climate and Mental Health

Life is Not a Mahjong Game Recently, reflecting on childhood memories, I started to contemplate the relationship between mahjong, climate and mental health. I grew up playing mahjong and listening to my family have weekend-long mahjong tournaments. In mahjong, each piece has a uniform tile-like appearance, and each tile has a unique and unaltering place …

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